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Lions Cricket: DP World Lions – Ready to Defend

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2022/23 CSA One Day Cup Champions, the DP World Lions are on the prowl, ready to pounce and have no intention of returning the trophy.

Johannesburg, 15 September 2023 – Current CSA One Day Cup Champions, the #ThePrideOfJozi, are fit and ready to fight. First up for the reigning champs is an away day game on 20 September versus AET Tuskers in Pietermaritzburg.

DP World Lions Head Coach Russell Domingo believes that being reigning champions is a great place to be in heading into the tournament;

“Being the defending champions gives us a great purpose to play for as we refuse to hand over the trophy – keeping that ‘Champions’ title is a big ambition of ours. Preparations are going well and the guys are excited to get stuck into playing. Personally I am well pleased as to where we are at the moment and if we can execute the basics well throughout the series, then we have a great chance of retaining our trophy.”

The Pride warmly welcome the return of 27 year old Delano Potgieter. Having played previously at the Lions, he will be comfortable, settled and undoubtably ready to devour any opposition that crosses his path.

DP World Lions One Day Cup captain, Dominic Hendricks says he knows that the whole team is eagerly awaiting campaign kickoff;

“Pre-season has been really good – a tough 5 or 6 weeks indeed. In terms of new signings, we’ve done really well to secure some smashing talent, especially the likes of Zubayr Hamza and Tshepo Moreki. Then there’s Junaid Dawood and Tsepo Ndwandwa as well as some youngsters who are set to excite this season. Our new coach Russell Domingo has been phenomenal in rounding up the troops, ensuring we work together as a group towards a common goal. He has such a calming aura about him and has made the changeroom a relaxed, comfortable and open one. To then throw the great Hashim Alma into our mix – a man who exudes calmness, confidence and self-belief; the players really are sitting on a platform of vast experience. When men of such stature share their knowledge and stories, this Pride is all ears. It’s big for us to defend our title and will hit the ground running.”

Those eager to attend other home games at the iconic DP World Wanderers Stadium, you can do so on 27 September when the team tackles the Hollywoodbets Dolphins; or vs Dafabet Warriors on 6 October. The last of the 4 home games is on 22 October 2023 against Jukskei rivals Momentum Multiply Titans.

The best and all-consuming family friendly entertainment will set Africa’s first 5G Smart stadium, the DP World Wanderers Stadium alight from first ball to final over. Fantastic value for money and open for all, Lions Cricket encourages you to diarise our dates – come join us, soak up the sunshine and enjoy the face painters, brass band, jumping castles, superb food vendors, give aways, fireworks and much much more!

Get your tickets here:

CSA One Day Cup Division 1: DP World Lions fixtures:                                                                

September 2023                                                                                                                                     

Wed 20 – Day  09h30  AET Tuskers vs DP World Lions             

AET Pietermaritzburg Oval Pietermaritzburg

Sat 23 – D/N  13h00 DP World Lions vs Western Province          

DP World Wanderers Stadium Johannesburg

Wed 27 – D/N 13h00 DP World Lions vs Hollywoodbets Dolphins       

DP World Wanderers Stadium Johannesburg                                                                                                                            

October 2023                                                                                                        

Fri 06 – D/N  13h00 DP World Lions vs Dafabet Warriors           

DP World Wanderers Stadium Johannesburg

Sat 14 – Day  10h00 Gbets Rocks vs DP World Lions             

Boland Park Paarl

Fri 20 – D/N  13h00 North West Dragons vs DP World Lions    

JB Marks Oval Potchefstroom

Sun 22 – Day  10h00 DP World Lions vs Momentum Multiply Titans             

DP World Wanderers Stadium Johannesburg

Sat 28 – D/N  13h00             Final                                               

Sun 29 – Day  10h00 Res Day if required.                                           

Should you wish to #BePartOfIt, please visit Lions Cricket on the below platforms:

Instagram – @lionscricnews

Facebook – Lions Cricket News

Twitter – @LionsCricNews

#ThePrideofJozi #LionsCricket

DP World Mens 2023/24 squad:

Temba Bavuma (Protea); Reeza Hendricks (Protea); Rassie van der Dussen (Protea); Kagiso Rabada (Protea); Bjorn Fortuin (Protea); Sisanda Magala (Protea); Ryan Rickelton (Protea); Dominic Hendricks; Wiaan Mulder; Lutho Sipamla; Junaid Dawood; Zubayr Hamza; Tsepo Ndwandwa; Tshepo Moreki; Delano Potgieter; Joshua Richards; Mitch Van Buuren; Duanne Olivier; Codi Yusuf; Evan Jones; Malusi Siboto; Connor Esterhuizen; Muhammad Manack.


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